Camp Craft and Woodlore, issued for free distribution by the Canadian National Railways, Montreal, Que., is something more than a railway folder. It contains no advertising whatsoever, but is so full of meat for the sportsman thruout its entire 96 pages that hardly anyone addicted to outdoor life will want to be without it.
A FEW years ago Frances and I enjoyed our second hunting trip in the Cassiars. As we had done on our first trip there, we took a small boat at Wrangell, and went in it up the Stikine to Telegraph Creek, where we outfitted, and got our guides, "Mac" and Dogan, and Beal, our cook.
THE Klamath Indians held their last White Deerskin dance in North California, after which these sacred skins were reverently destroyed. Shall the world now come to an end? For the tribe believed in the magic influence of their medicine dances just as religiously as white Christians believe in prayer.
MY FATHER was a preacher, of the Alexander Campbell persuasion, and I was reared in a strict religious atmosphere. One of the admonitions which I particularly remember sounded something like this: "All that a man has, he owes to his wife."
DURING the summer of 1921 my cousin, F. G. Lyons, and I decided to go to Northern Alberta, Canada, where we intended to build a motor boat, thus seeing the country, possibly going as far north as Fort Norman where an oil strike had been reported.
IN THE late fall of 1898 while camped at the mouth of the Sixty Mile, a tributary of the mighty Yukon River in the Yukon Territory, the writer had his first real exciting experience with a bear. At the time the incident occurred, I believed it to be a brown bear, but since time and experience have added to my knowledge of bears, I am now satisfied the particular bear to which I allude in this narrative must have been what is commonly known as a cinnamon—a variety or color phase of the common black bear.
MR. CLARK DAY, an Indiana sportsman, with his party of five tried Friday, February 13, 1925, for sailfish at Miami Beach, Fla., and now he is convinced that the 23d and 13th of the month and Friday of all days of the week are luckiest for fishing.
ONCE I was a solid and substantial citizen. Weight 275 pounds in shirt sleeves. In fact, I had reached local fame as a heavyweight and began to feel stirring in my manly bosom an ambition to be the world’s champion fat man. To be, as it were, a living example of rest, quiet, dignity and calm.
BELIEVING that those who are working in various ways for the good of sportsmanship should be given some expression of appreciation; that others should be encouraged to enter the work of game administration which is growing in importance each year; and that the result of such activities should be brought before the public and made a permanent record thru the printed page, Outdoor Life last year started what has become an annual prize offer.
First Ascents of Mount Barbican and of Mount Geikie
Val A. Fynn
On July 9, 1924, I met C. G. Wates and M. D. Geddes, both members of the A. C. C., and F. H. Slark at Jaspar (Alberta) and we proceeded on the morning train to Geikie Station, some 8 miles west of Jasper, where we joined our pack train of nine horses in charge of W. Digby Harris of Jasper.
The Colorado Sportsman’s Association is terribly worked up over its recent discovery of the very evident misuse of the money paid into the fish and game fund by the sportsmen of this state, seemingly not aware of the fact that this condition is as old as our game and fish license laws.
To have a cheerful, bright and airy dwelling place, With gardens, lawns and climbing flowers sweet; Fresh fruits, good wine, few children; there to meet A quiet, faithful wife whose love shines thru her face. To have no debt, no lawyers' feud; no love but one, And not too much to do with one's relations.
IN 1880 THE C. B. & Q. Railway and the B. & M. consolidated and became known as "The Burlington." In Nebraska we continued to call the road the "B. & M." About this time the B. & M. was pushing branch lines out pretty much all over the east half of Nebraska tho it was still very sparsely settled in many localities and deer and antelope were still common in the west and northwestern parts of the state, while prairie chicken shooting was almost as vigorously active as ever.
On the open plain when the snow is blowing, Horses humped, backed up to the wind, With heads hung low and close together, Slowly drift till their ranks are thinned. One by one they pause and falter, Gnawed by hunger and numbed by cold; The band moves on to the sheltered coulee, Leaving behind it the weak and old.
FOR the sake of convenience and brevity I am going to treat the two basses as one, for there is no essential difference in their habits; where there is some controversy regarding certain points, such as the leaping propensity of the two fishes, I may pause to discuss it a bit.
"ZING-A-LING-A-LING-A-LING! I say, old top, it's 4 o'clock!” The battered old alarm clock is still on the job and you are out of bed with a spring, the joy of fishing in your subconsciousness. A cold shower opens wide your eyes and after a hasty breakfast, flashlight in hand, you almost skip out to the barn.
I HAVE read with pleasure the interesting articles that have appeared in Outdoor Life on the "Dry-Fly in America" and may state that my experience with the dry-fly during the past two or three years has, generally speaking, been a success, but have been forced to the conclusion that in many of the streams and lakes of this province of Canada (B. C.) there are times when the larger trout can only be taken with a sunken fly.
SPEAKING of gubs, flies and the imitations thereof, concocted with intent to lead imbecilic members of the family Salmo to an untimely end, Isaiah, of Bible fame, punched out the first hit as recorded in his prophecies, chapter xix, verse 8:
AUGUST 27. Had a somewhat unusual experience this morning, or rather this noon, tho I started out this morning. Day was bright and fair so I thought it a good time to unravel the Sioux from the Lake upstream. That's a thing I like to do, and my vacation is nearly over; already we are packing loose articles for our return.
It afforded the writer a great amount of pleasure to read Edwin B. Kelley's article in the February issue regarding barbless hooks. It is plainly apparent that few of our tackle manufacturers have ever used these hooks or they would willingly equip some of the lures with them.
Not many years ago today, Whene'er I went to fish, I'd pack my kit and hie me out At five o'clock or six. I'd have to start before the sun Had risen in the sky, For pulling hard against the stream Will make a feller dry. I'd get my catch—among the rest A big one now and then; And all dead beat, with work and heat, I'd row back home. Amen!
Editor Angling Department:—Generally speaking, in this province the native trout are classified as, rainbow, steelhead and cut-throat by anglers who have made no particular study of ichthyology. Many observers, however, are of the opinion that we have no true rainbow in the province, but that the fish so termed is really a steelhead somewhat altered by environment.
WISCONSIN always has been a paradise for the vacationist who enjoys fishing, camping, hunting and a place to while away hours of repose far from the worries and anxieties of every day business activities. The primeval wilderness which, not so long ago, was threaded by trails worn by the tread of moccasins and in which an occasional wigwam marked the habitat of the human, still retains its allurements in the 7,000 beautiful glacial lakes, and the countless streams and rivers, which harbor a great variety and abundance of gamy fish and offer opportunity to the canoeist; the rugged pine-topped hills abound in wild game; the region is rich in natural beauty with dells and caves with curious rocky formations and there are innumerable quaint sites of historic interest which date back to the earliest French settlers.
OF THE specific reasons for the immense and growing popularity of motor camping we cannot attribute all to the increased use of the automobile or to the improvements and extension of the good roads system, or again to the widening interest in outdoor recreational activities, for fully as important has been the development of equipment which goes to make the trip healthful, comfortable and easy, so we can be really as comfortable in the outdoors as at home.
Besides being optically perfect this new prismatic binocular weighs but 5 ounces and magnifies five times. Roy Andrews purchased three for his North China expedition stating that the men would always have the small glass with them while often when a binocular was needed it was left in camp on account of its weight and size.
I'D LIKE to hear from our readers, in the shape of short articles, as to whether they considered a magnum or more powerful .22-caliber rifle necessary or not. I'd like both sides, and no one need feel under the necessity of approving a new and more energetic cartridge because I happen to want such a rifle.
The Western Union boy doffed his cap, produced from therein a telegram, a delivery sheet and a stub of pencil, and threw the whole down on ye editor's desk, (for I, too, am an editor—the Madison-ville, Ky., Messenger.) Just another batch of Associated Press, but it contains an item which makes a devoted reader of Outdoor Life pause.
I have invented and patented an automatic rifle, automatic shotgun and pistol. I have made the sample rifle, a military type rifle, and now am ready to organize a corporation with the purpose to manufacture the rifle most in sporting type, also the shotgun.
CAPTAIN ASKINS, in his interesting article on single shot pistols in Outdoor Life for December, quotes Major Frazer's opinion that America badly needs a new pistol and indicates that he also agrees with Major Frazer. I also am at one with the gallant major and Captain Askins in that matter and propose to set down here what I consider are the essential features that a good .22 single shot pistol should have.
Usually, when a doctor prescribes a medicine for a man he states his reasons for so doing. This anti-pistol law is one of our many "political oversights.” The calm reasoning powers of Balaam's conversational burro should teach us that if every man and woman, woman especially, would be forced to carry a six-gun Friend Bandit and kidnapper would be conspicuous by his absence.
THE new express loads, with thickened jackets, slightly augmented velocities, and very small openings thru the jackets at the nose of the bullets, have been attracting considerable attention among sportsmen of late. Their inception is undoubtedly due to the recent great interest in African hunting, African game, ammunition and arms suitable for hunting in that continent, and to the need for a similar type of bullet for our own heavy big game—moose, brown bear and the few grizzlies left.
I have read with interest Captain Askins' comments on "What Next in .22-Caliber Rifles" because a few years ago—1913 and 1914 to be exact—up to the war, when I exchanged for the .303, I was dependent upon the .22 long Winchester Model 1890 on a prospecting outfit in New South Wales, Australia.
I want help. I'm like hundreds of others, am a lover of the 410-grain single barrel Winchester as it is a wonderful dove gun and the birds have a chance for you've got to hold right on 'em or it's a clean miss. Now, what I want is a .22-caliber rifle barrel to fit this same action—same length and same taper as the shotgun barrel so the same forearm could be used.
The two rifles illustrated might serve to show the progress in rifle making in the past three-quarters of a century. On the one hand we have a weapon of the vintage of 1849 or thereabouts, which has strayed by who knows what strange and devious ways into an old curio shop in Mexico. On the side of the receiver is stamped "C. P. Dixon, Agent, New York. Patent 1849.”
A. A. H. has seen cut of the 1881 model Marlin rifle which Mr. Chandler writes about in December Outdoor Life, and, agreeable to request, shall briefly write of this arm which I have shot years ago tho never actually owned. The cut shown of this old Marlin in Outdoor Life is an excellent representation of the old gun which made its appearance in the early eighties, probably '81 as this is the date given the model.
Being a reader of the Outdoor Life, I noticed an article in the January number, written by J. B. Worthy. The writer stated that he had written to Washington to find out what kind of arms was used by General Custer at Little Big Horn and he stated that he was informed that Custer's men had used the Springfield rifles.
IN the November number of Outdoor Life Captain Askins defines recoil as primary and secondary, and the former as anything that affects the inertia of the gun, between the time the trigger is pulled and until the bullet is out of the barrel. The secondary recoil as the pressure of the hot gas on the air—compression of the air in front of the muzzle reacting on the gas column still in the bore.
I have read with interest Edw. F. Ball's letter to you on small game rifles as published in the January number of Outdoor Life. Mr. Ball seems to think pretty well of the .22-caliber long rifle with the hollow point and I am inclined to agree with him even tho the great authorities on rifle ballistis would class this excellent cartridge as only fit for rats, sparrows and target work.
I notice in your good magazine a query as to what guns were used by General Custer's men at the battle of the Little Big Horn. The .45 Springfield carbine, single shot was used. I saw many of these carbines among the Indians after the battle, also many McClellen saddles.
There is an article in the last American Rifleman, on drift, which has set me to thinking along the lines of several other discussions in that paper, and Outdoor Life; on drift, the ranging powers of bullets and their action on impact. All ballistic works I have read, except Dr. Mann, have ascribed drift to the precessional action—caused by the resultant of the air resistance, acting primarily to raise the front of the projectile when gravity curved the trajectory.
J. E. Plastre's fine article in the January number and the editor's note at the end of it have inspired me to break into the argument for a few paragraphs. A good many riflemen are like sheep to the extent that they are always trying to follow some bell wether who dishes up his opinions and conclusions for the rest of us in the gun sections of our pet magazines.
Double-barrel L. C. Smith with ventilated rib similar to single-barrel trap gun. Equipped with beaver-tail or small fore-end, Hunter one-trigger, 30 and 32-inch barrels, grip optional; weight, 8 to 8½ pounds.
Will you please have some one who has tried out the Perfection Reloading Tool, made by Heuter Brothers of San Francisco, advise me what they think of it?—Leslie Gilmore, Ill. Answer.—I see no reason why the Heuter reloading tools should not be good.
No doubt every true sportsman's blood will boil, and many a miner or rancher will think of the time someone killed his pet deer, bear, or grouse, when they read the story of J. J. Nixon's killing a mother bear and her two little cubs. Hunters sometimes kill females, but the true sportsman looks for the biggest male, and he also hunts these animals in the proper season.
A letter received from R. E. Thomas, state game warden of Idaho, mildly resents some of the remarks contained in Major Chas. S. Moody's article, "Saving the Wild Things,” appearing in our February, 1925, number, as well as the sentiments of our editorial note.
I have just received an interesting letter from M. E. Musgrave, in charge of our predatory animal work in Arizona. This letter is dated September 3 and is, in part, as follows: I have just returned from a field trip in the Blue Range south of Springerville and Alpine.
SUMMER is just ahead and black fox farmers will have some valuable animals sick as usual. Remember that no strict vegetarian ever had smallpox; in fact, they seldom have any disease. Any meat eating animal that gets sick can be made well, with truly remarkable speed, by a fruit diet.
With the observance of American Forest Week just before us (April 27 to May 3), we are faced with the coming of the season during which the value of this observance is to be tried. Still reaching back to the importance of American forests as impressed upon us thru every conceivable form of publicity, our plans and expectations are reaching forward to the summer outing season thruout at least the northern half of the United States when the continuance of our forests as such will be placed at stake.
The robins heretofore never have wintered in this part (Topeka) of the state of Kansas. They have never been found in any considerable number during the cold winter months. Occasionally a few scattered birds have been found in the late winter.
I am a reader and subscriber of your splendid magazine and need a little help. I have most lost confidence in a friend, a fellow creature that I heretofore thought was a good sport. My friend, C. W. R., has lived, hunted and fished on Red River and adjacent streams most all his hunting and fishing life, for over thirty years.
I beg to thank you, one and all, for the noble efforts you are making for conservation of wild life. There is one thing I would like to suggest if you will permit me, and that is segregation of our game birds from furred vermin wherever possible, especially in those regions most adapted for raising game birds.
Thru the many years that I have deplored the fate of the Indian and the disgraceful attitude of our otherwise great government toward them, occasionally a voice would be raised faintly in their behalf, only to die away without any results.
Emil Schmidt, Okoboji, Ia.:—Many thanks for the bouquet you send us, Emil. It may be too much to admit that the editor is a gentleman of the highest rank, but I will plead guilty to being as rank as there is. Thanks again. Fred Fox, Flushing, L. I.:—If your gun backfires as frequently as you state it should be fitted with a new gasket or fresh packing put in the stuffing box.
The time element in disease is one of the unexplained phenomena that confronts the scientific world today. I have observed it in many forms, but just why a man or woman should have an eczema, or salt rheum, erysipelas, or a hundred and one other things at some certain time each year, and no other time, I never could understand; and the snake venom must in some way remain a disturbing factor in the person who has recovered from the bite, and reappear at the yearly return of the cycle of infection; but the how and the why of it is too much for me.
While the migratory bird refuge bill did not become a law at the recent short session of Congress, it was in no sense because there was any lack of public sentiment or Congressional support for the bill. The so-called Anthony bill in the House, and Brookhart bill in the Senate, were substantially the same as the New-Anthony bill which passed the Senate in the Sixty-seventh Congress and failed, by a small margin, of passage in the House.
When R. A. Lester wrote about "Carry" I just could not wait about writing, for when another man says he has the best dog in the world I want to fight. He probably did not know I owned Mack, a real Chesapeake pup of eight months, and Queen, a little American brown spaniel I sold to Brother Palmer at New Rockford, N. Dak.. this winter.
I have been a reader of Outdoor Life for a good many years, and like the hunting stories best, especially running coyotes with sight hounds, as that has been my sport for the last twenty years. I took some pictures this winter and thought I would send them in, as I haven't seen any in your magazine from this part of Montana.
I have been much interested in the discussion concerning the nature and treatment of salmon poisoning of dogs, but do not feel that the last word has yet been said concerning this important matter. The question as to whether it may not be distemper was raised by Drs. Cooper and Suckley in 1853-4 who were with a United States government expedition sent to this coast for the purpose of determining the most feasible route for an overland railroad.
My employer has two registered police dogs; one about five years old and the other a young dog I think about one year old, and at the present time neither one is good for anything. I believe the young dog if properly trained would make a valuable dog, so having that in mind I am writing you to get enlightened on how to go about it to train him.